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UP Alumni In The News 10.19.11

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Just 9 days stand between us and The UP Experience 2011, can you believe it? Time sure flies when you are discovering the people and achievements who are determining today what the world will look like tomorrow.

We hope we’ll see all of you on October 27th! Check out our Facebook page and Twitter feeds for live updates from UP on the 27th!

UP 09 alumni, Peter Diamandis, kicked off a week-long program for entrepreneurs at Singularity University this past week by saying that optimism is the key to business success. Check out why he says, “the world is getting better at an accelerating rate.”

rethink your workplace at UP 11! Photo Courtesy of Flickr/Michael Lokner

And as the world gets better some of us are feeling the stress of so much to do. If that sounds like you check out this post on how to be more positive at work that cites the research of UP 08 speaker Shawn Achor.

UP 10 alum Richard Florida tackled business from another angle, examining, “How Startups Have Changed the Way American Business Thinks” in The Atlantic.
Can’t wait until October 27th for your next dose of UP? Get your fix now on The UP Experience YouTube channel!

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UP Alumni In The News 10.12.11

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Just three more UP alumni posts before we’re all at UP 2011 meeting another class of great attendees and future alumni speakers. If you’ve been considering attending don’t wait any longer! A limited number of seats are still available, register now!

There has been some pretty incredible, heart breaking and amazing news in the past week. We’re sure there isn’t a single one of you who hasn’t read, commented on and discussed the passing of Apple’s Steve Jobs this past week. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is also an UP 08 alumni and he has some inspirational words and great memories to share about his friend and colleague in this video.

Fellow alumni from UP 09 David Pogue, tech writer at The New York Times also shared his thoughts on what Jobs career has done to the way we all live and communicate. Future UP alumni, Dan Pink also shared a poignant speech Jobs’ gave at Stanford University’s commencement.

Other UP alumni were receiving their own honors this week. UP 10 alumni Jessica Jackley along with Kiva co-founder Matt Flannery were honored as winners of The Economist’s Innovation Awards for their work in microfinance.

Also this week, UP 10 alumni Michael Eisner‘s The Eisner Foundation established a $100,000 award for those working to bridge the gap between senior citizens and young people, the first recipient is the Intergenerational Center at Temple University.

And last but certainly not least, UP 09 alumni Peter Diamandis and the X Prize Foundation announced the winner of the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE. The winning team, from Illinois, developed a system that skimmed oil out of water 3 times better than the industry standard.

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UP Alumni In The News 8.31.2011

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The sun is going down on summer 2011, which means UP 2011 is just around the corner! image courtesy of Flickr/paul+photos=moody

It’s already the end of August. Summer is coming to a close and fall is just around the corner. We’re looking forward to the best of fall, cooler temps and UP 2011! October 27th will be here before you know it. In case you missed it, we’ve started some great registration specials. If you’re not registered yet, now is the time!

Our UP alumni barely took a summer break, here’s what they’ve been up to this week:

UP 08 and 09 alumni, Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis are also co-founders of Singularity University. This summer’s Singularity University class developed solutions to big problems related to world poverty. One solution, The Matternet, was featured in Fast Company yesterday for its potential to triumph over the issue of delivery of medication, food and other critical goods to rural areas.

UP 10 alumni David Pogue took to his blog to address this week’s stunning announcement that Steve Jobs resigned as chief executive of Apple.

Meanwhile UP 09 speaker Shawn Achor took to The Huffington Post to share “5 Ways To Turn Happiness Into An Advantage.”

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UP Alumni In The News 8.24.11

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

This week in addition to UP Alumni news, we’ve got UP Founder news! UP Experience co-founder Sheryl Rapp has been selected by Texas Executive Women as one of their 2011 Women On The Move. Houston Woman Magazine wrote about the upcoming awards in their latest issue.

Also this week:

Yesterday's East Coast earthquake should be a warning says Michio Kaku. Image courtesy of flickr/digitalsadhu

UP 10 speaker Michio Kaku commented in near real time on yesterday’s East Coast earthquake.

UP 09 speaker Peter Diamandis and his X Prize Foundation were featured on CBS News for their work “to solve the unsolvable.”

UP 09-11 speaker and emcee David Eagleman‘s pioneering research on time perception was included in an article from Wired, “Why Some Seconds Seem to Last Forever.”

Congrats are in order for UP 10 speaker Gracie Cavnar who has been recognized by Self magazine as one of three winners of their “Women Doing Good” award.

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UP Alumni In The News 6.22.11

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Is having the next big idea the key to success? Or is "tweaking" an idea better? Image courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/bazik/395792175/

UP 08 speaker Malcolm Gladwell got quite a bit of press in business and marketing media this week for his presentation at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. His most talked about comments were about why it might be better for business leaders to “tweak” instead of innovate.

Fellow UP 08 speaker Ray Kurzweil has also been all of late night talk and news shows discussing his vision of The Singularity, blogger Jason Silva at The Huffington Post declared, “The Singularity is here,” this. Meanwhile 60 Minutes posted several outtakes from their interview with Kurzweil.

The UP 08 speaker news continues with Shawn Achor who was also featured in The Huffington Post discussing the connection between happiness and weight loss.

UP 09 speakers Peter Diamandis and Michio Kaku were both included in Big Think’s panel at SAP’s Sapphire Now event in Florida to present there visions of the future. Diamandis predicts an “Age of Abundance” while Michio Kaku described his version as “perfect capitalism.” Read more here.

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UP Alumni In The News! 5.18.11

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Another Wednesday and another great installment of UP alumni in the news!

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“Math needs better marketing,” says UP 09 speaker Neil deGrasse Tyson in an interview with Soledad O’Brien on CNN on the drivers of tomorrow’s economy. A hint – math and science literacy today is the key to a successful tomorrow.

UP 09 speaker Peter Diamandis‘ X-Prize Foundation has partnered with Qualcomm Incorporated to launch the Tricorder X-Prize, “a $10 million prize to develop a mobile solution capable of diagnosing patients better than or equal to a panel of board certified physicians.”

UP 10 speaker and Blue Zones author Dan Buettner was cited in the an article detail the influence we have on our social networks and our network’s effect on us. “The ripples of our health behaviors travel much farther than anyone might expect,” says Aditi Nerurkar in The Huffington Post echoing the sentiments of several great speakers from The UP Experience.

David Pogue who spoke to us in 2010 took on the controversy surrounding Microsoft’s purchase of Skype on his blog this week.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on these stories! Are you a Skype user? What do you expect the impact of Microsoft’s purchase to be? Do you believe math and science literacy is the way forward? How is your social network impacting you or vice versa? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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UP Alumni in the News 4.27.11

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

In addition to our big speaker announcement yesterday, our former speakers continue to be front and center in the news!

Fast Company profiled the “Visioneering” process through which UP 09 speaker Peter Diamandis’ X Prize Foundation decides on its next conquests. A-listers ranging from James Cameron to Eric Schmidt to Will.I.Am attend the unique session to fight for their favorite topics and vet others’ ideas.

Turning from the future to come to the future that hasn’t come to pass, The Economist cited UP 10 speaker Luis von Ahn in an article comparing Hollywood’s predictions of man vs machine to the actual state of affairs.

The Baltimore Sun gave a nod to UP 10 speaker Richard Florida in its examination of a new trend in work – the digital nomad. Dream of living anywhere you want? Working from the beach, the mountains, or great coffee shops around the world with free wifi? Don’t miss this article.

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UP Alumni In the News 2.23.11

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Good morning and happy Wednesday to all!

One of our favorite things about The UP Experience is that it allows us to uncover new fields of study, new practices and new passions that stick with us long after the speakers have left the stage. It has also introduced us to a community of people in Houston and around the world who are constantly innovating and announcing new ideas that generate recognition in places around the world.

We do our best to keep up with past speakers to stay on top of their new research, business ventures and publications. Starting today, we’ll be posting weekly updates of notable UP Alumni in the news. Check back each Wednesday to see the latest.

And don’t forget, The UP Experience is about discussion and we love to hear your feedback. If you find a news story you’d like to share please post it as a comment, and let us know what your thoughts are on the stories posted here.

UP Alumni in the news this week:

UP 2009 speaker Brené Brown was interviewed by Martha Rosenberg at The Huffington Post about the findings in her latest book The Gifts of Imperfection

The victory of IBM’s Watson computer on Jeopardy last week has prompted lots of comments on the development of artificial intelligence. Watch here as UP 2009 speakers Michio Kaku and Peter Diamandis discuss AI and Web 4.0

UP 2008 speaker Shawn Achor’s book The Happiness Advantage continues to get recognition around the world for rewriting the long held truth that success brings happiness. Read Shawn’s Harvard Business Review article here on how to make stress work for you.

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Peter Diamandis in Plenty Top 20

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
Peter Diamandis in ZERO-G
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Plenty Magazine recognizes 20 businesses, 20 people,  and 10 ideas that will change the world.  Not surprisingly, Peter Diamandis made the list.

Diamandis is Chairman and CEO of the X Prize Foundation, which awards large sums of money as incentive to design objects that benefit humanity.  From the Plenty website:

Most recently, he launched the Progressive Automotive X Prize. The $10 million quest is for a road-tested, production line–ready car that gets at least 100 miles per gallon (or the energy equivalent) and produces about 90 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional cars. Consider this the tech and auto worlds’ Nobel Prize.

Click here to read the rest of the Plenty Magazine Top 20.

It’s probably cliché to observe that Peter Diamandis puts his money where his mouth is.  He embodies true commitment to seeing one’s ideals made tangible.  However, even if you happen to be a billionaire, changing the world is still hard work.

When I read about the X Prize and all that it has inspired, I momentarily fall into overwhelmed, “little me” mode.  That’s the voice that says, “Well yeah, if I had millions of dollars to blow, I could do something important, too.”  And then, my thoughts take an UPturn.  Isn’t the greatest ideal of all  that anyone, anywhere, using the resources they have available, can make a difference?

Peter Diamandis is among the amazing speakers slated to appear at The UP Experience, October 15, 2009.  Have you registered?

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